"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Saturday, November 13, 2010

school bullying.

Australian schools do not allow same sex couples to attend school social events together.

Australian schools will, ahem, 'strongly advise' (kick out) any female students who fall pregnant, but will do nothing about the father.

Australian schools have the right to ask students to remove any ornamentation, even jewellery for religious purposes, like crucifixes.

Australian schools have the right to censor school internet access as they choose, use video monitoring, and have direct access to internet history logs and student accounts.

Australian schools have the right to punish students for conduct out of school time or grounds.

Australian schools have CCTV cameras in toilets.

Australian schools allow male staff and cleaners into female toilets.

Australian schools have the right to tell students to discard bought items or swap them if they contain caffeine, with no warning or monetary compensation.

Australian school teachers habitually and frequently abuse girls over issues such as clothing, image, and periods.

Australian schools abuse children who cannot remain composed during immunizations.

True story.

Campaign for better protection and rights and legal representation for children. We are human beings too, you know.


Adelaide Dupont said...

Campaigning for children is often the deepest, widest and most rewarding part of human rights work, because in a generation you do see change.

Was wondering if or when you were going to write about the Ivanhoe Girls Grammar controversy, and who you (a student in general) could/would take out if you so chose to an event.

The pregnancy thing does go against the grain. Girls are encouraged to stay in school or in other ways not disrupt their education.

Yes, there is an "acceptable usage" policy.

And I admit welcoming the CCTV (probably not inside the toilets) because it meant you got an objective view into bullying. Not from those who know how to hide it though!

It does seem, that especially over the past 5 years, that in some respects many schools are becoming more draconian over internal and external threats.

Yes, the whole picture is disturbing and distressing.

And why caffeine in particular, when drugs could well be swapped under noses?

About oranmentation: scarves and gloves went right off. And there were earring restrictions at least, though boys were allowed to get into the trend.

"Australian schools have the right to punish students for conduct out of school time or grounds."

Now that could be just about anything.

Anonymous said...

My school is extremely crazy over caffeine, for reasons unknown. We're all coffee addicts.

And because the school does not allow us to purchase coffee on campus, most of us resort to Red Bull and Mother for the caffeine rush. At least coffee is natural.

Rules for socials, especially the big Year 12 ball, is generally that you can invite anyone, although rules suddenly come out of nowhere in regard to same-sex couples - bull like 'Nobody under year 11' and 'nobody from other schools', which is bullshit. Heaps of straight couples have dates in younger grades and other schools.

Adelaide Dupont said...

Because the coffee is getting better and better.

There are issues in food magazines all about it. And it's the new wine: serving that drink's function as a social lubricant.

There is Oxfam Fair Coffee. (World Blend and African Blend, so if you want to be ethical with your consumption...)

As to why schools might be against it: performance enhancer. The burst you get from it is very temporary, and you develop a tolerance.

And, yes, coffee is natural.

Red Bull and Mother ... they were around a lot. As was V.

Thank you, too, for the answer about the formals. Just as I had suspected, I fear. Pretty par for the course.